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Posted on Creative woodworking - making for need vs. pleasure

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 03:19 AM

CR has this right.

This is a real pet peeve of mine. My wife thinks everything in the entire house needs to be exactly the same style and color. Worse than that, it’s really difficult to communicate it with her…if I tell her i want to make something in a mahogany craftsman style, she’ll say, “No! All our furniture is mission and i hate mahogany”. The irony is that, yes, our furniture is largely, you guessed it, mahogany!

Then, she’ll say, “That won’t go with our house.” Never mind that our house was built in 1989, and the only stylistic influences are some colonial elements, which, by the way, she hates. Go figure, a Greene and Greene Piece wouldn’t go with our house, but our mission furniture does?!?

So, like many people here, if I want to build something, I’ll have to fight to get it into the house. Some people just don’t understand that “art” isn’t the pictures you hang on the walls, it’s the frame that it’s in. At least that’s true as long as all we can only afford to hang up are pictures and prints…and as long as my frames are worthy of the “art” label.

Of course, when we have visitors, the first thing they notice is the woodworking…which she speaks of with such pride! Doh!

-- jay,

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